Radio Astronomy in Australia

Radio Astronomy in Australia

In the middle of the outback in Australia is a large radio telescope. Known as the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, or ASKAP. This large radio telescope is hoped to help look into the early evolution of the universe, cosmic magnetism and even special relativity. 

Australian square kilometre array

The location of the telescope is crucial to its success. Found in Murchison in Western Australia you need to pass a special health and saftey test to visit due to its remoteness. This remoteness means the 36 antennae telescope can enjoy almost complete radio silence from the human population. Radio interference is the radio astronomers light pollution.

You can read all about the telescope and what a visit to the telescope is like by following the link below

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/Radio-Astronomy-in-the-Aussie-Outback-184958461.html

Image by: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.


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